Attractions

Top Choice Mountain in Botafogo & Urca

Pão de Açúcar

Seen from the peak of Pão de Açúcar, Rio is undoubtedly a Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). There are many good times to make the ascent, but sunset on a clear day is the most rewarding. Two cable cars connect to…
Top Choice Landmark in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Escadaria Selarón

One of Rio's best loved attractions, the steps leading up from Rua Joaquim Silva became a work of art when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón decided to cover the steps with colorful mosaics. A dedication to the Braz…
Top Choice Cultural Center in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Instituto Moreira Salles

This beautiful cultural center hosts impressive exhibitions, often showcasing the works of some of Brazil's best photographers and artists. The gardens, complete with artificial lake and flowing river, were designed…
Top Choice Lake in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

One of the city’s most picturesque spots, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas is encircled by a 7.2km walking and cycling path. Bikes are available for hire from stands along the east side of the lake, as are paddle boats. For…
Top Choice Beach in Ipanema & Leblon

Ipanema Beach

One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema Beach is demarcated by postos (posts), which mark off subcultures as diverse as the city itself. Posto 9, right off Rua Vinícius de Moraes, is where Rio’s most lithe an…
Top Choice Monument in Flamengo & Around

Cristo Redentor

Standing atop Corcovado (which means ‘hunchback’), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face. The mountain rises straight up from the city to 710m, and at night the brightly li…
Top Choice Museum in Centro & Cinelândia

Museu Histórico Nacional

Housed in the colonial arsenal, which dates from 1764, the impressive Museu Histórico Nacional contains historic relics relating to the history of Brazil from its founding to its early days as a republic. Highlights…
Top Choice Beach in Copacabana & Leme

Copacabana Beach

A magnificent confluence of land and sea, the long, scalloped beach of Copacabana extends for some 4km, with a flurry of activity along its length: over-amped soccer players singing their team's anthem; cariocas (re…
Top Choice Park in Rio de Janeiro

Parque Nacional da Tijuca

The Tijuca is all that's left of the Atlantic rainforest that once surrounded Rio de Janeiro. This 39-sq-km tropical jungle preserve is an exuberant green, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous te…
Museum in Zona Norte

Sports Museum

Inside the Maracanã Football Stadium, the sports museum has photographs, posters, cups and the uniforms of Brazilian sporting greats, including Pelé’s famous No 10 shirt. There’s also a store where you can buy footb…